OS 10.13.6 Audacity version 2.2.2. I am new to Audacity and wish to split all tracks at the same precise point, but am having problems with the cursor. [How do I stop the green looping function from happening when I place my cursor in the top ruler area?] Looking for clear instructions to split and slide all tracks to a new position (leaving a gap).
That’s Timeline Quick-Play - it’s set “on” by default (it can be a very useful tool for finding pieces of audio - that’s why it’s on by default).
You can toggle that off/on by right clicking in the Timeline and disabling/enabling it.
If you know the numeric time value you want then you can instead use the Selection Toolbar to set that value by typing it in the box(es).
@AMN - many thanks for nudging me to take a closer look at those two pages in the Manual - it made me realize that they were perhaps not as clear as they could be or should be in regard to what you were asking about.
Accordingly I spent some time this morning updating those pages in the alpha Manual for the upcoming Audacity 3.0.0.
The current version of Audacity is 2.4.2. It is available via the Audacity website: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/mac/
Click on the blue waveform in any audio track at the point that you wish to split.
(For greater precision, zoom in: https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/zooming.html)
“Select menu > Tracks > In All Tracks” (“Shift + Ctrl + K”) to extend to all tracks.
“Edit menu > Clip Boundaries > Split” (“Ctrl + i”) to split.